The annual “Fall Movie Preview” of Entertainment Weekly is out and includes some details about the upcoming November release, Doctor Strange. In addition to Tilda Swinton‘s comments on her casting, EW also spoke to the director Scott Derrickson on a variety of subjects concerning the film.

When the first trailer was revealed earlier this year, some of the visuals (as shown above), drew inevitable comparisons to the film Inception. Speaking to EW, Derrickson revealed where he drew some of his inspiration from for the film.

All I will say is that the movie deals heavily with other dimensions…There was a fair amount of surrealist art and photography and M.C. Escher that played into the visual design of the movie. The ambition was to use cutting-edge visual effects to do things that are fresh and new — to not just blow things up.

Adapting Steve Ditko‘s groundbreaking visual style was always going to be an interesting challenge for the Doctor Strange creative team. Derrickson’s comments are interesting in that the visual approach has a broad source of inspiration, not jus the comic books. For those unfamiliar with M.C. Escher, see below for a side by side of his work with the film’s visuals.

enter image description here Dr. Strange Escher Screen Cap

Derrickson also shared a little bit about the villain of the film, Kaecilius, which largely agreed with what Mads Mikkelsen has said in other places.

I wouldn’t call him a villain, and Mads [Mikkelsen] won’t call him a villain…He has a very compelling point of view that Doctor Strange is confronted with in the movie. That, to me, is what makes a good opponent for the hero of a story.

Given the challenge the MCU has had in producing compelling villains, fans will hope that Derrickson is right.

Does the new info about Doctor Strange have you excited for the movie? Do you like the visual approach? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor comes out in North American theaters on November 4, 2016 and much of the rest of the world October 28.

Source: EW via CBR